Imperial College London

Imperial College London

Earth Observation

Researchers are currently heavily involved in the analysis of the infrared emission spectrum of the Earth, measured at different times from a variety of spacecraft instruments; the idea is to search for small changes in these spectra, indicating changes in the radiative forcing of the Earth's climate; researchers are also working on the Geostationary Earth Radiation Budget (GERB) experiment which is flying on all 4 of the Meteosat Second Generation (MSG) geostationary spacecraft, to make measurements of the Earth's radiation budget, for the first time from this orbit; studies are being undertaken of the cloud-radiative feedback, the effects of desert dust on the radiation balance, the diurnal cycle, the net radiative balance at the top of the atmosphere, and many other problems.

Entry requirements

2.1 Honours degree and Master's in a relevant subject area.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time £ 3,924 per Academic year (home fees) 3 years
PhD Full-time £ 20,000 per Academic year (overseas fees) 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
South Kensington Campus Kensington and Chelsea SW7 2AZ South East

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Key information

Space & Atmospheric Physics Group
Telephone number: 
020 7594 7679